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2004

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  1. -10-01-04 E-Touch Machines Fail (Wired.com)
      " 'If election officials admit that the standards and certification process are bad, then public confidence in elections is threatened (and) participation in elections will go down,' Jones said. 'So the question is, do you talk about this? The answer seems to be, for a lot of people in the election community, no.' " 11-04

  2. -11-18-04 Study: Irregularities in Voting in Florida Certain (CommonDreams.com - UC Berkeley, Michael Hout)
      "Irregularities associated with electronic voting machines may have awarded 130,000 excess votes or more to President George W. Bush in Florida."

      "Compared to counties with paper ballots, counties with electronic voting machines were significantly more likely to show increases in support for President Bush between 2000 and 2004. This effect cannot be explained by differences between counties in income, number of voters, change in voter turnout, or size of Hispanic/Latino population."

      "In Broward County alone, President Bush appears to have received approximately 72,000 excess votes. We can be 99.9% sure that these effects are not attributable to chance." 11-04

  3. -11-18-04 Study: Irregularities in Voting in Florida Certain (PCWorld.com)
      "Voting irregularities in three Florida counties that used electronic voting machines in this month's election may have awarded as many as 260,000 votes more to President George W. Bush than were expected, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley."

      " 'Something went awry with electronic voting in Florida,' says Michael Hout, a sociology professor, who led the research effort." 11-04

  4. -12-31-04 Jackson: Kerry Won (MSNBC News)
      Meadows: "If the election were held again with these alleged problems solved, would Kerry win?"

      Jesse Jackson: "Of course I think that." 12-04

  5. 11-18-04 Study: Insufficient Voting Machines Disenfranchised Voters in Ohio (Wikipedia.org)
      "Prior to the election, there was much ado about each precinct getting enough ballots, but an equally serious matter that seems to have been overlooked by people trying to protect people's right to vote is whether the precints had a sufficient number of voting machines, such that the votes could be proccessed at a sufficient rate. Machine quantity as well as ballot quantity determines the saturation point of votes. Number of machines * Max. votes per hour per machine * hours poll is open = max. number of votes precinct is able to process. Every voter over this limit is effectively disenfranchised, just as if the precint had run out of ballots; the precinct runs out of voter-time-slots."

      "Although low population precincts had relatively plenty of voting machines and were well within the limits of processing capacity, high-population centers often did not, and sometimes had less than half the machines requested and were well outside the limits of processing capacity, effectively disenfranchisng an undetermined number of voters."

      "This may explain the discrepancy between expected voter turnout in high-population areas and counted voter turnout in these areas. Since high-population areas are predominantely Democratic, this would primarily effect the Democratic constituency, and appear on the surface to reflect inefficacy in the Democratic GOTV effort. It is entirely possible, and arguably - from the empirical evidence - probable, that the vote did get out, but the polling places, due to lack of machines and/or staff, were not able to processs the full vote-load."

      "140 such incidents (over 1/7 of the national total) are from Cuyahoga County, Ohio [14]." 11-04

  6. 11-29-04 Fitrakis and Wasserman: Low-Income, Student, and Minority Polling Places Deficient (FreePress.org)
      "Damschroder's official records also show that while desperate poll workers called his office throughout the day, at least 125 machines were held back at the opening of the polls and an additional 68 were never deployed. Thus while thousands of inner city voters stood in the rain, were told their cars would be towed, and were then forced to vote in five minutes or less, Damschroder sat on machines that could have significantly sped the process." 11-04

  7. 12-03-04 Ohio Supreme Court Judge to Hear Challenge to Ohio Vote (Guardian Unlimited)
      "George Bush's victory in the US presidential election will be challenged in Ohio's supreme court today, when a group of Democratic voters will allege widespread fraud."

      "The election challenge will be reviewed by a single judge out of the seven members of Ohio's supreme court, who may let the election stand, declare another winner, or throw out the result, forcing a recount or even a new vote. The ruling can be appealed to the full court."

      Exit polls on election day suggested that the election could be heading towards a Kerry victory, deepening the despair in Democratic ranks at the Bush win. The anomaly was blamed on the exit polls, but Mr Arnebeck argued that it was evidence of malpractice." 12-04

  8. News on Voting Irregularities (Votergate)
      Provides a variety of stories related to irregularities in the 2004 election campaign. 3-05

Papers
  1. Exit Poll Results (Slate.MSN.com)
      Provides "raw" exit poll results as of 4:28pm on November 2nd."

      "As this item posts, the first raw exit-poll data are streaming from the National Election Pool consortium owned by the Associated Press and the five television networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, and CNN) to their news divisions and to the newsrooms of NEP subscribers—big city newspapers and other broadcasters."

      "These early exit-poll numbers do not divine the name of the winner."

      "As you read this posting, the political reporters at the networks, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Newsweek, and about two dozen other news outlets are cracking their knuckles over their keyboards, contemplating the story, while statisticians and political analysts at the networks prepare to run the numbers through their computer models to generate a prediction." 11-04

  2. Latest Polls Before Election Favored Bush (Boston Globe)
      Provides results of national polls taken on November 1, 2004. They favor Bush for the overall popular vote. 11-04

   
   


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